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Mar 29, 2017

How to Create a 5-Stage Gradient (Option 2)

Five-color gradients are next on our list in the ongoing saga of ombres and gradients.

Last time, we looked at option 1 for a five-color gradient. Today, let's dive in and explore an alternate approach. As you can see, unlike some of the other items in Ombres & Gradients: 5 Ways to Create Your Own, example five was compact, quick and easy.

5. Five-stage gradient (Option 2): Colsie Mitts Rose


Yarns. Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep), Four Seasons (Classic Elite, discontinued)

Stitch. This fast and easy slipped stitch creates a very stretchy, reversible 3x2 ribbed fabric, and the occasional slipped stitch helps blend the colors.


Strategy. Each section consists of two colors worked in alternating two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:

  • Choose six related colors.
  • Pair them by value: dark with dark, medium with medium, light with light.
  • Work section 1 with two dark colors, CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 2 with one dark and one medium color, CC2 and CC3.
  • Work section 3 with two medium colors, CC3 and CC4.
  • Work section 4 with one medium and one light color, CC4 and CC5.
  • Work section 5 with two light colors, CC5 and CC6.

In the example shown, the colors were worked as follows:
  • Section 1: Barn Red, Clear Red
  • Section 2: Clear Red, Cherry Moon
  • Section 3: Cherry Moon, Provincial Rose
  • Section 4: Provincial Rose, Medium Pink
  • Section 5: Medium Pink, Red-White Variegated

No matter what colors you choose, it's especially fun to work this gradient and see how different shades blend in each progressive section as your work grows.

The sample is still on the needle for one simple reason: I'm making another and turning the pair into gradient mitts. I like to keep the stitches live until both are ready to finish. That way, if I decide to adjust the length or alter the bind off color and technique, it minimizes the fuss factor and ensures the two match.

I was highly motivated to tackle this example for selfish reasons. When both are finished, several small balls of leftover yarn will finally be gone, and I'll have a fresh pair of mitts for spring. Win-win. (When I wrote this, there was snow on the ground, so yes, in this region mitts are an essential part of any sane person's spring wardrobe.)

Meanwhile, I'm working on a fast and fun color-block afghan, testing stitches for a new design, and making samples for upcoming ombre and gradient posts. To complicate matters, knitting time has been tough to find, but when it appears, I can choose from a nice assortment of small and large projects, which is definitely a good thing.

Your comments are always welcome and if you have questions or need clarification, let me know and I'll do my best to clear up any confusion.

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